Originally Posted by TDC
Any suggestions for other sites that might be better? Or for that matter other crew lists in general?
Even eBay has issues with retaliatory feedback/etc. I don't think there's a perfect method, but certainly sounds like there's room for improvement.
Well, first, this is a very good warning for everyone-owners, captains, crews. Know who you're dealing with. Do reference checks. Ask about former crew or boats.
While crew agencies have their issues, I'd go with them long before just a random listing. There are also other crew sites like Triton and Dockwalk, but a classified is still a classified.
I would always recommend meeting and interviewing prior to offering or accepting a position. An interview isn't just for the one hiring. It's a tool for the one being hired too. Crew is employment
and roommate all rolled into one.
If you're going to go after crew jobs you really need to be located where they are. Go and get a room in a crew house. Then you can search carefully, meet people, and also pick up information from others in the industry. I suspect if one of the ladies had been offered a job on his boat and come back to a crew house telling her good fortune they might well have been warned as the word gets around on the street quickly. I'll take Fort Lauderdale
because I'm knowledgeable of it. If someone develops a bad reputation there they'll have a very hard time hiring. That is probably why this person was hiring long distance and hiring people who had to fly in. The local market knew. There are more than enough available crew members at the ports
that one wouldn't need to go elsewhere to find a stew.
I'll bet there were other clues too. Bet he didn't request references
from them either. Probably not much about their credentials or experience. Did they have their STCW 95's? Had they crewed before?
You also mention bad attitude. Well, lots of owners and captains have bad attitudes. Poor hygiene. I've not known an owner's hygiene to come into conversation. Now crew's does. Having not washed the dishes. Guess he really did need crew. Ok, so the guy was a dirty jerk. Actually crew runs into so much worse. They often encounter hands all over them, suggestive conversation, other forms of sexual harassment, drunk captains, drugs on board. Again an interview and walk through of the boat would have set off alarms. But just the fact one is looking for crew is the first alarm
. What happened to the last crew member? One has to go into an interview looking for clues.
Really, you're not going to change this person. The task is to make those looking for jobs be more cautious. This happens in all areas. I know a person changed companies in the corporate world for a great promotion and huge salary increase. One day in he found out the owner was a crook. Three weeks in he had shots fired in his front yard. Yes, it fit "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
One other point if I'm findacrew. Did this person misrepresent any material fact in his ad? If so then they have an obligation to take interest. But they are not a crew agency. They are simply a classified listing. That would be an advantage of using a crew agency. If they received repeated complaints, they would remove a listing. They're being paid a fee for placement of people. Findacrew is being paid just for use of their webspace.